The Best Organic Dog Foods

Best Organic Dog Food

The best organic dog foods listed below must meet strict guidelines established by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Unfortunately…

Due to the tightly regulated way in which they’re produced, organic recipes tend to be hard to find in stores.

In general…

Organic dog foods can be grouped into 2 categories

  1. Certified organic
  2. Partially organic

By law…

Certified organic dog foods must contain at least 95% organic ingredients. They’re easy to spot… because they’re the only recipes permitted to display the official “USDA Organic” seal on their packaging.

Official USDA Organic Seal

Certified organic foods are rare.

Truth is…

Most organic dog foods sold in the U.S. are partially organic… which means they contain varying amounts of organic ingredients… specified on the label.

On this page…

We’ll share our most recommended organic dog food brands… and we’ll answer the 5 most frequently asked questions we get about organic dog food.


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The Best Organic Dog Food
September 2020

Here are The Dog Food Advisor’s top-rated organic brands for September 2020.


Tender and True Organic Dog Food

Tender and True Organic Dog Food

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Tender and True Chicken and Liver Recipe is one of 6 dry recipes included in our review of the Tender and True product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Organic chicken, organic chicken meal, organic tapioca starch, organic dried pea, organic chickpea
  • Type: Grain-free
  • Other recipes: Turkey, chicken, salmon, ocean whitefish, and more
  • Price: $$$
  • See both available recipes

Tender and True Chicken and Liver derives the vast majority of its animal protein from both chicken meal and fresh chicken. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 29% protein, 18% fat and 45% estimated carbs… producing a fat-to-protein ratio of about 62%.

Tender and True is USDA certified organic… which makes each recipe a rare find for discerning dog owners.

Sample buyer review… “My dog had eczema and allergies. Since switching to the pesticide free dog food, chicken and liver flavor, her eczema is gone. I highly recommend going organic. I really like that the chickens were humanely raised as well.”

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Gather Free Acres Kibble

Gather Free Acres Dog Food

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Gather Free Acres is one of 3 dry recipes included in our review of the Gather product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Organic chicken, organic dehydrated chicken, organic peas, lentils, chicken fat
  • Type: Grain-free
  • Price: $$$
  • See all 3 available recipes

Gather Free Acres gets the lion’s share of its meat protein from fresh chicken and dehydrated chicken. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 33% protein, 17% fat and 42% estimated carbs… creating a fat-to-protein ratio of about 50%.

In addition to Gather’s certified organic ingredients, each recipe also contains a balanced blend of healthy omega 3 and omega 6 fats. A top choice.

Sample buyer review… “My dog Daisy has a sensitive stomach and has been having all sorts of problems due to her food that she didn’t even like. I switched her to this food and she has made a 180 turn around for the better. I’m very happy with this product.”

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Castor and Pollux Organix Grain Free

Castor and Pollux Organix Organic Dog Food

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Castor and Pollux Organix Chicken and Sweet Potato is one of 4 dry recipes included in our review of the Castor and Pollux Organix Grain Free product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Organic chicken, organic chicken meal, organic sweet potatoes, organic chickpeas, organic peas
  • Type: Grain-free
  • Other recipes: Puppy, senior, small breed, and more
  • Price: $$$
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Organix Chicken and Sweet Potato derives the bulk of its animal protein from both fresh chicken and chicken meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 29% protein, 17% fat and 46% estimated carbs… which creates a fat-to-protein ratio of about 58%.

Each recipe is fully USDA certified organic… a fact which not only applies to every ingredient but also the line’s entire manufacturing process.

Castor and Pollux Organix is one of The Dog Food Advisor’s all-time favorite organic brands.

Sample buyer review… “This food has been the best that I have ever experienced with my dogs’ health after 15 years of owning dogs. Their energy, their coat, their teeth and the true sign of dog health (yes, the stuff they leave you in the yard) has all showed me how good this food is for them. It is truly worth the extra money and makes me feel great knowing that there aren’t pesticides in my dog food that are found in non-organic brands. (Vets are astonished by the increase of cancers in both dogs and cats in the past 15 years which many attribute to increased pesticide use.)”

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Primal Raw Nuggets

Primal Freeze-Dried Formula Dog Food

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Primal Freeze-Dried Turkey and Sardine is one of 10 raw recipes included in our review of the Primal Freeze-Dried product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Turkey, turkey necks, whole sardines, turkey hearts, turkey livers
  • Type: Grain-free
  • Other recipes: Beef, lamb, chicken, pork, duck, rabbit, quail, venison, and more
  • Price: $$
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Primal Turkey and Sardine derives the majority of its animal protein from fresh turkey, turkey organs and whole sardines. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 42% protein, 24% fat and 26% estimated carbs… which results in a fat-to-protein ratio of about 58%.

In addition to the brand’s certified organic fruits and vegetables, Primal recipes are made with fresh, antibiotic-free whole muscle meat, organ meat and meaty bones… and no added hormones.

Sample buyer review… “While traveling across the US we found it expensive and difficult to handle the frozen raw dog food. We picked up the freeze dried and gave it a try. Our French Bulldogs are doing great on the freeze dried. In fact our females GURD is gone she has not thrown up any of the freeze dried food. No more antacids for our Paytona. Just heat water 2 minutes add the bars let them soak up water, cut the bars up for small dogs and they will gobble it up.”

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Honest Kitchen Dehydrated Dog Food

Honest Kitchen Dehydrated Dog Food

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Honest Kitchen Whole Grain Chicken Recipe is one of 4 dehydrated recipes included in our review of the Honest Kitchen product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Dehydrated chicken, organic barley, dehydrated potatoes, organic flaxseed, organic oats
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (barley, oats)
  • Other recipes: Fish, turkey, beef, various grain-free recipes and more
  • Price: $$$
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This Whole Grain Chicken formulation derives the bulk of its meat protein from dehydrated chicken. Dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 27% protein, 15% fat and 50% estimated carbs… which results in a fat-to-protein ratio of about 57%.

In addition to its multiple organic ingredients, each recipe is processed in a human grade food processing facility.

And each component is non genetically modified (non-GMO) and free of any chemicals or preservatives. All meat ingredients are hormone and antibiotic free, too.

Sample buyer review… “My German Shepherd is a fussy eater, with his fair share of allergies. I’ve tried all different brands and this one makes my Shermy happy. It’s a great price, easy meal prep and super filling for him. This is the first brand of food I don’t have to add anything or convince him to eat what I put down for him. I think I finally found a food we will be sticking with!”

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Newmans Own Organic Dog Food

Newman’s Own Organic Dog Food

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Newman’s Own Organics Grain Free Chicken and Liver is one of 7 canned recipes included in our review of the Newman’s Own Organics Grain Free product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Organic chicken, organic chicken broth, organic chicken liver, tricalcium phosphate, organic pea flour
  • Type: Grain-free
  • Other recipes: Beef, liver, turkey, and more
  • Price: $$
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This Newman’s Own Chicken and Liver recipe derives the majority of its meat protein from fresh chicken. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 46% protein, 32% fat and 15% estimated carbs… producing a fat-to-protein ratio of about 70%.

A top-rated, fully certified organic dog food made by a company that donates 100% of its profits to charity. A quality feed.

Sample buyer review… “I have a 14 year old cocker spaniel that sometimes doesn’t want to eat much. Because of his heart issues, the vet recommended adding a product that was 95% protein to his diet. I went online and thought this sounded good. Barley likes about a quarter cup added to his fresh chicken, broccoli slaw, and yogurt. It has helped getting him to eat and gives moisture to the other food. I would highly recommend this product as a supplement to his other food.”

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Stella and Chewys Freeze-Dried Dog Food

Stella and Chewy’s Freeze-Dried Dinners

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Stella and Chewy’s Venison Blend is one of 13 raw recipes included in our review of the Stella and Chewy’s Freeze-Dried Dinner product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Venison, lamb, lamb liver, venison liver, venison lung
  • Type: Grain-free
  • Other recipes: Beef, chicken, duck, turkey, rabbit and more
  • Price: $$$
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This Venison Blend recipe derives the largest share of its animal protein from both venison and lamb. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 47% protein, 32% fat and 13% estimated carbs… resulting in a fat-to-protein ratio of about 67%.

Stella and Chewy’s promises all its frozen and freeze-dried raw recipes include vitamins and minerals sourced from 100% certified organic fruits and vegetables.

A top-rated, freeze-dried dog food for those not requiring organic meat. Recommended with confidence.

Sample buyer review… “My pretty pittie is allergic to everything, beef, chicken, lamb, tomato (which is in most dog food) grain, etc. It was also recommended that we go with raw food. We have tried many brands of venison, duck, bison and wild boar. This by far is her favorite food. It is easy to store because most of the other brands were frozen. We feed her 2 1/2 “pucks” broken up and mixed with grain free dry food 2x a day. We typically add water to the pucks but she also enjoys them dry right out of the bag.”

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Carna4 Dog Food

Carna4 Dog Food

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Carna4 Chicken is one of 3 dry recipes included in our review of the Carna4 product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Fresh chicken, chicken liver, eggs, organic sprouted barley seed, wild salmon
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (barley, rice)
  • Other recipes: Grain-free duck and grain-free fish
  • Price: $$$
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This Carna4 formula derives most of its animal protein from both fresh chicken and chicken liver. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 32% protein, 17% fat and 43% estimated carbs… producing a fat-to-protein ratio of about 52%.

Features a number of plant-based, organic ingredients. A quality formulation worthy of consideration.

Sample buyer review… “You will notice the difference in your dog within a few days of switching them to this dry kibble. All of our dogs (2 Seniors, 1 Adult and 3 Puppies) all love the food. They are happier, healthier looking and acting (shiny eyes, shiny coat, more energy, no tummy troubles ie. vomiting/diarreah no itching skin or scratching).”

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RAWZ Freeze Dried Dog Food

RAWZ Freeze-Dried Nutrition Dog Food

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RAWZ Tasty Chicken Dinner is one of 3 freeze-dried raw recipes included in our review of the RAWZ Freeze-Dried Nutrition product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken with ground bone, chicken liver, chicken gizzards, organic sweet potatoes, fenugreek seeds
  • Type: Grain-free
  • Other recipes: Delicious Beef Dinner and Savory Lamb Dinner
  • Price: $$$
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RAWZ Tasty Chicken Dinner derives the majority of its meat protein from fresh chicken and both chicken liver and gizzards. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 51% protein, 23% fat and 18% estimated carbs… which produces a fat-to-protein ratio of about 46%.

This RAWZ formula includes a number of certified organic items. Of course. However, its total lack of poultry meal and its use of dehydrated chicken makes this brand unique in the pet food marketplace.

Sample buyer review… “I have a picky eater and feed raw diet. He also has allergies to chicken, pork, legume & pea flour/peas common in dog food. So limited ingredients are essential. He’s been on 3 foods since tested because he didn’t eat/like the food. Ate just enough to get by. He dances and jumps around at meal time with this food. Plus no filler. Nutritious. All high grade protein. Wholesome quality. Yes it’s pricey, but his coat is great and so is appetite. Wish it came in bigger bags, but small bags keep it fresh. Dog and me love this food.”

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PetGuard Wet Dog Food

PetGuard Organic Dog Food

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PetGuard Chicken and Vegetables is one of 2 organic wet recipes included in our review of the PetGuard Canned product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Organic chicken, water sufficient for processing, Organic Brown Rice, Organic Oats, Organic Carrots
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (rice, oats)
  • Other recipes: Vegan entree formula
  • Price: $$$
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PetGuard Chicken and Vegetables derives the bulk of its meat protein from fresh chicken. Based on dry matter, this recipe contains 36% protein, 27% fat and 28% estimated carbs… which results in a fat-to-protein ratio of about 75%.

Although both recipes are fully certified organic, they each claim a completely different design. One features organic chicken while the other is one of the only vegan organic dog foods on the market.

Sample buyer review… “I highly recommend Petguard Organic. I’ve tried other organics such as Newmans (good) and ByNature (OK), but this is the best (aside from DIY foods). Two things stand out with PetGuard – it is not as moist (less water), and it does not have a strong smell. My dog loves the stuff too, so that’s three. I don’t know if the organic stuff is better or not, but my dog does not have as much gas, and since she has a history of cancer, it is worth it to me.”

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Castor and Polluc Organix Tiny Feasts Chicken Recipe

Castor and Pollux Organix Tiny Feasts

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Castor and Pollux Organix Tiny Feasts Chicken Recipe is one of 6 organic wet formulas included in our review of the Castor and Pollux Organix Tiny Feasts product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Organic chicken, organic chicken broth, organic chicken liver, organic spinach, organic dried peas
  • Type: Grain-free
  • Other recipes: Chicken recipes, turkey recipes and more
  • Price: $$
  • See all 6 available recipes

Castor and Pollux Organix Tiny Feasts gets most of its meat protein from fresh chicken. he recipe contains 43% protein, 27% fat and 22% estimated carbs… resulting in a fat-to-protein ratio of about 63%.

Castor and Pollux is the leading producer of top-rated certified organic pet foods. And this recipe lives up to the brand’s outstanding reputation for quality. Due to its smaller physical size, this recipe makes an excellent feeding choice for smaller dogs. Highly recommended.

Sample buyer review… “I have a little girl who is skin and tummy sensitive, the Organix line is super! She is like a new dog now. At 14 she was doing terrible, now that she is on Organix she is doing great. I use this to top off the dry food and she loves it. She gets so excited while I am mixing it together she starts barking now for her food in anticipation. I would highly recommend this. I am sure you could use this alone if you wanted to do so. Great product.”

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Party Animal Original Dog Food

Party Animal Original Dog Food

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Party Animal Original is the sole organic dry recipe included in our review of the Party Animal product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Organic chicken, chicken meal, organic oats, organic barley, organic peas
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (oats, barley, rice)
  • Price: $$$

Party Animal Original derives the greatest portion of its meat protein from fresh organic chicken and chicken meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 26% protein, 16% fat and 51% estimated carbs… producing a fat-to-protein ratio of about 61%.

The brand is not only organic, it’s also free of any corn, wheat or soy. The balanced, wholesome design features USDA-certified organic chicken. A top organic contender in the wet food space makes Party Animal easy to recommend.

Sample buyer review… “Glad to find this healthy organic dog food for our 3 rescue dogs. They love this food and coming running when time to feed them. Better yet it is made in the United States by a family owned company, who believes in making quality dog food.”

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What is organic dog food?

Organic dog food is made from ingredients grown without pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), or ionizing radiation.

Animals used to produce meat, poultry, eggs, or dairy products must not have been fed antibiotics or growth hormones.


What are the 3 types of organic dog food?

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) recognizes 3 categories of organic products:

  1. 100% Organic: Made with 100% organic ingredients
  2. Organic: Made with at least 95% organic ingredients
  3. Made with Organic Ingredients: Made with a minimum of 70% organic ingredients with strict restrictions on the remaining 30% (including no GMOs)

Dog foods containing less than 70% organic ingredients may list these items on the side panel… but they may not make organic claims on the front of the package.


How much more does organic dog food cost?

Based on a 2019 study conducted by The Dog Food Advisor…

The average organic dog food is priced about 23% higher than a comparable size package of regular dog food.

But…

This highly specialized category of dog foods can sometimes be found selling for as much as 40% more than their conventional counterparts.

That’s because…

  • Organic farmers don’t receive federal subsidies as some conventional farmers
  • Organic farming is more costly than regular farming
  • Organic farms are typically smaller… so they’re not able to benefit from the economies of scale enjoyed by larger growers

Is organic dog food better than regular dog food?

That depends on what’s important to you.

Truth is…

Based on 3 large studies, the nutrient differences between regular and organic dog foods appear to be only minimal.1

However, according to USDA data…

Organic foods do tend to contain fewer pesticide residues than conventionally grown produce.2

Which could be an important advantage to demanding dog owners.


What ingredients should I avoid when buying dog food?

Here are some of the most controversial ingredients found in many popular dog foods… and the health danger to which each may be linked:

Ingredient Type Linked To
BHA Preservative Cancer
BHT Preservative Cancer
TBHQ Preservative Cancer
Ethoxyquin Preservative Liver pigmentation
Menadione Synthetic vitamin Hemolytic anemia
Artificial dyes Colorant Cancer
Propylene glycol Moisturizer Heinz body anemia
Generic “meat” Unknown source Food allergies

To be sure you never unknowingly feed YOUR dog a food that contains any of these high-risk ingredients… be sure to favor recipes rated 4 stars or higher by The Dog Food Advisor.


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Important FDA Alert

The FDA is investigating a potential link between diet and heart disease in dogs. Click here for details.

References

  1. Heinze, CR, Organic Pet Foods: Optimal Health or Overhyped?, Petfoodology, Clinical Nutrition Service, Cummings Veterinary Medical Center, Tufts University, August 14, 2018
  2. Should You Go Organic?, Harvard Health Letter, Harvard Medical School, September 2015